Honing the Keys to the City: Refining the United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Force for Urban Ground Combat Operations

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Chapter Three
URBAN GROUND COMBAT TACTICS, TECHNIQUES,
AND PROCEDURES CONSIDERATIONS

The material in this chapter addresses many of the shortfalls identi–
fied in Chapter Two with the objective of establishing a foundation
for preparing USMC reconnaissance units for the challenges of urban
ground combat in the immediate future. There will be occasional
repetition of points discussed in the previous chapter. This allows us
to make reference to previously raised issues without having to con–
stantly resort to the phrases, “as noted,” “as already mentioned,” or
others of a similar nature. Chapter Three reviews each of the themes
identified on p. 9 in turn.


THE DEMANDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Introduction to the First Theme

First Theme. The urban environment demands almost constant cre–
ative adaptation. Its inherent character, compression of space, and
related proximity of participating parties necessitates rapid adjust–
ments in reaction to adversaries' behavior or to influence that behav–
ior favorably to friendly force objectives.

Take your time. Stay away from the easy going. Never go the same
way twice.

Gunnery Sergeant Charles C. Arndt,
USMC, Guadalcanal, 1942

The USMC will not use recon assets for any innovative applications.

Marine during interview with author

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Glossary xix
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Shortfalls in USMC Urban Ground Combat Reconnaissance 11
  • Chapte Three - Urban Ground Combat Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Considerationsm 39
  • Chapter Four - Conclusion 91
  • Appendix - USMC Urban Ground Reconnaissance Shortfalls 93
  • Bibliography 99
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